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31 Dec 2007
December Cultural Events
Philippine Cities Trade and Tourism Information Service City Festivals
The most important cultural events for the month December are provided in the following document.

 

 DECEMBER
 

PASKUHAN SA IMUS
December 1 31 | Imus, Cavite
A month long festival that celebrates our unique Philippine Christmas holiday.

PASKO SA KAPITOLYO
December 1 31 | Capitolyo Area, Dumaguete City, Oriental Negros
Decoration of the Capitol Building and lighted lanterns in trees of Freedom Park.

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE
December 1- December 8 | Iligan City
A competition of arts and other forms of Christmas decors primarily using Lady''s Choice byproducts.

LIGHT A TREE
December 1 | Mendoza Park, Puerto Princesa City
Lighting of the giant Christmas Tree in the City park which signals the start of the holiday season.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
December 1 | Center Island of the National Highway, Kidapawan City
Light-A-Tree Contest, a pine tree decorated with 100''s of Christmas lights.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
December 1- December 8 | Tubod, Lanao del Norte
A Christmas Bazaar participated by municipalities and barangays of Lanao del Norte usually held at the Capitol grounds.

LIGHTING OF GIANT CHRISTMAS TREE
December 1 | Abucay Town Plaza, Abucay, Bataan
Start of Christmas celebration where Christmas adornments around the plaza are lighted.

BELEN PRESENTATION
December 1 | Pulupandan
Putting up of lights and decor in every tree designated to respective sponsors.

ADOPT & LIGHT A TREE PROGRAM
December 1 | Pulupandan
Putting up of lights and decor in every tree designated to respective sponsors.

CAROLING CHEERS
December 1- December 23 | Entertainment Plaza, SM City, Cebu
Christmas choral presentation by students from different schools in Cebu.

ILONGGO LANTERN FESTIVAL
December 1- December 31 | Iloilo City
A festival contest of giant lanterns made of native materials. The event is sponsored by Marymart Mall, Dept. Of Tourism, DTOK and DYMB.

PASKO SA TANJAY
December 1 31 | Tanjay City, Negros Oriental
A month long Christmas festivities featuring cultural presentations and contests participated in by Tanjay residents, civic organizations and business establishments.

VIVA PAROL FESTIVAL
December 1- November 31 | Silay City
It is a festival of giant Christmas lanterns and Belen participated in by all barangays, public and private schools.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
December 1- January 6 | CPU, Jaro, Iloilo City
A view of lighted trees, buildings and figurines. Pampanga, Capiz shells and native lanterns strategically placed along the major roads on campus and various nativity scenes also add to the festive atmosphere

KALAMAY FESTIVAL
December 1- December 9 | San Enrique, Iloilo
Kalamay or sugar is the centerpiece of this cultural festivity, providing an opportunity for the town, known for sugarcanes, to showcase their product.

BAGO CITY BELEN MAKING CONTEST
December 1- December 31 | Plaza, Bago City, Negros Occidental
An annual event conducted by the City Government of Bago through the Tourism Affairs Office

NEGROS ANNUAL CULTURAL TOUR
December 1 31 | Silay/Bacolod City
A tour of Bacolod, Silay, Bago & neighboring areas showcasing Negros history & culture, arts and attractions.

SINUKWAN FESTIVAL
December 1 9 | City of San Fernando, Pampanga
The Sinukwan Festival relives the Kapampangan spirit with a weeklong calendar of cultural revivals capped by a grand street-dance parade in the City of San Fernando, with some 21 towns outdoing each other to the tune of "Atin Cu Pung Singsing",

MINOYONGAN GARDEN SHOW
December 1 9 | DMMSU-MLUC, San Fernando, La Union
Landscaping competitions with agri -trade fair spearheaded by DTI and DA.

LITTLE AND GIANT CHRISTMAS TREES AT THE PLAZA
December 1- December 31 | San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
A display of brightly illuminated Christmas Trees around the public plaza where one can see varied interesting and unique designs and colors depicting the ingenuity of the people.

BELEN MAKING CONTEST
December 1- December 31 | Plaza, Bago City, Negros Occidental
An annual event conducted by the City Government of Bago through the Tourism Affairs Office. This contest aims to develop creativity and ingenuity of Bagonhon artists.

BELEN SA MAKATI
December 1 31 | Makati City
Conceived in 1987, façade of buildings along the City business district particularly Ayala and Buendia Avenue are decorated by creches and complemented by locally made lanterns in celebration of Christmas on the birth of Jesus Christ.

GALICAYO FESTIVAL
December 1 19 | Manaoag, Pangasinan
A province-wide cultural and religious celebration in honor of
Pangasinan’s patroness, Our Lady of Manaoag.

HUGYAWAN DALANSAYAW
December 1- December 10 | Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Hugyawan means “merrymaking and is the main concept of the celebration and presentation of the street dancing contingents, whose members come from all parts of the province

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
December 1- January 31 | Opol, Misamis Oriental
A monthlong festival of lights and chirstmas decors usually made of indigenous materials; participated by local offices, schools, private organizations and religious sector with colorful streetlight decors as one of the major attractions for the season.

CHRISTMAS SYMBOLS
December 1- December 31 | Naawan. Misamis Oriental
Giant Christmas Symbol contest participated by NGO’s, academe and private organizations at the main plaza of the Municipality of Naawan

PASIGAHAN SA BALINGASAG
December 1- January 7 | Balingasag, Misamis Oriental
A Chirstmas décor contest usually participated by different barangay and zones, eith fully decorated and lighted streets as its major attractions for the month of December and early part of January.

BELEN IN A TREE
December 1- January 7 | Iponan, Cagayan de Oro City
Barangay Iponan version of celebrating Christmas with street decors and Belen contest in a fully lighted tree as its major attraction.

CAROLING AND BELEN CONTEST
December 1- January 2 | Cagayan de Oro
Cagayan de Oro merriest time when the 80 barangay’s prepare their entries for the biggest and most colorful Christmas Tree & Belen. This event is also complimented with Caroling Contest participated by schools, academe, religious group and NGO’s & supported by private sector.

CHRISTMAS TREE/CHRISTMAS SYMBOL CONTEST
December 1- January 1 | Cagayan de Oro
Provincial Capitol celebrating Christmas with huge Christmas tree Contest participated by various departments Entires are usually indigenous and recycled materials complemented with colorful and stylish Christmas lights.

CHRISTMAS AT GINGOOG CITY
December 1- January 1 | Gingoog City
Gingoog City celebrate Christmas with Belen and most colorful Christmas Arch Competion. The event is usually participated by local barangays, schools and private institutions.

LIGHT UP BUTUAN FOR CHRISTMAS
December 1- December 31 | Butuan City
A festival of lights done during Christmas season among urban and highway barangays of the city including private and government establishments.

PASKUHAN
December 1 31 | Luneta Park, Surigao City and Provincial Gym, Surigao del Norte
A month long Christmas bazaar display and activities which include: Light –up a tree, lanterns/Christmas tree making contest. Lantern parade, display of all winning entries of Lanterns and Chirstmas trees and Rondalla contest. Painit sa Pasko is also held during the Misa de Galleon on the 16th to 24th of dec. Mass goers converge at the park to buy and eat Surigaonon delicacies.

MINE SAFETY WEEK
December 1- December 7 | Baguio City
A competition among country’s mining industry on safety activities.

KAMUNDAGAN FESTIVAL
December 1 31 | Naga City
Bustling Naga City becomes doubly busy this month as it celebrates Christmas along with its charter anniversary day. Except the residents of this community to play, pray and party with an extended schedule of cultural shows, trade fairs and civic parades. Not to be missed: the “kiri-kiri” and “pastores” performances, both unique showcases of traditional Bicolano culture.

PASKO SA SUGBU
December 1 31 | Parian District, Cebu City
An annual Christmas celebration by lighting and decorating the main thoroughfares in Cebu starting from the capitol down to Plaza Indepenencia.

FIL-AM INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
December 1 5 | Baguio City
Biggest International Amateur Golf Tournament played in the fairways of Camp John Hay and Baguio Country Club.

CHRISTMAS IN BAGUIO
December 1- December 31 | Baguio City
Mardi Gras, fireworks, lantern and decor contest

PASKUHAN SA MARAYKIT
December 2 | San Juan, Batangas
A traditional celebration of yuletide season at Maraykit, San Juan, Batangas.

INDIGENOUS CHORAL COMPETITION
December 2 | Baguio Convention Center, Baguio City
A choral competition among indigenous groups.

LIGHT A TREE
December 2 | Oroquieta City
A competition of various Christmas decors participated by various barangays of the city.

NEGROS ANNUAL CULTURAL TOUR
December 3, 10, 17 | Silay/Bacolod City
A tour of Bacolod, Silay, Bago & neighboring areas showcasing Negros history & culture, arts and attractions.

YUGYUGAN FESTIVAL
December 3- December 12 | Pagsanjan, Laguna
The feastival features the history and culture of Pagsanjan through music ans dance performed by students in Pagsanjan

RIMAT TI AMIANAN
December 3- December 19 | San Fernando City, La Union
Treasures of the North on display. Glimmering artistry, creativity & ingenuity of Ilocanos & Pangasinense displayed in products and crafts. Glittering colors of culture & life spelled out in traditional songs and dances. Glowing charm of man-made markers complement the inviting beauty of nature flaunted in landscaping exhibits

SINADYA SA HALARAN FESTIVAL (THANKSGIVING)
December 3 8 | Roxas City, Capiz
It means “joy in sharing and thanksgiving” in the local dialect. Previously celebrated as two separate events, the Sinadya and the Halaran now take center stage on the first weekend of December. There’s a lot to share and be thankful for, say the Roxas cityfolk, and its all in this special occasion- there’s a “Diana” fireworks display, a sumptious foodfest and a grand dance festival.

STAR AKO SA PASKO
December 4 | Entertainment Plaza, SM City, Cebu
A choral competition for students ages 11 years old and below.

KARISYOHAN HAN PASKO HA PALO
December 6- January 6 | Palo, Leyte
A festival to preserve the beautiful old-fashioned Filipino traditions of celebrating Christmas.

CHRISTMAS SYMBOLS FESTIVAL
December 6- January 6 | Tangub City
Display of differentindigenous of Christmas symbols; a most spectacular display of Christmas lights and decors including a Christmas Carol Contest.

PAGODA AND CARACOL (FLUVIAL PARADE)
December 7- December 9 | Malabon City
The yearly celebrations in the honor of the patroness

KADAGAYAAN FESTIVAL
December 7 | Alamada, Cotabato Province
An official trademark of the Municipality of Alamada which specially features Street Dancing every 7th day of December as a highlight of the Patronal fiesta and inspired by the abundance of products that the agricultural community could offer.

PASTORES
December 8 18 | Barangays of Makati
The Nativity of Jesus Christ in songs and dances presented in the streets of the barangays.

TINABUAY FESTIVAL
December 8 | Murcia, Negros Occidental
A 9-day religious-cultural folk festival depicting the town’s market day and highlighting its agricultural products

CHRISTMAS CAROLING
December 8- December 31 | Hinigaran
Fund Raising.

TAG-ANITOHAN
December 8- December 9 | Tudela, Camotes Island, Cebu
The festival is a street dancing and ritual contest participated by the community. It is history retold of the richness of the town’s origin from immortals to the time of the Christianization until it was separated from its mother town of Poro in the year 1911

SAN TEODORO DAY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION FEAST
December 8 | San Teodoro, Mindoro Oriental
Tayakad dancing event: Stilts masters systematically march and sway with the music to the delight of the audience; a funny and very entertaining event to see.

COCO FESTIVAL
December 8 | San Teodoro, Mindoro Oriental
A religious festival honoring the Immaculate Conception. It features activities such as street dancing, parade of floats, etc., centered on the town’s agricultural bounty: Coconut.

FLUVIAL PROCESSION AT TAAL
December 8- December 9 | Taal, Batangas
Two-day celebration of Taal fiesta. Residents convene at the riverbanks where bancas are anchored.

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION DAY
December 8 | Cotabato City
Catholics in Cotabato City celebrate the Immaculate Concepcion Day with a generous helping of pomp, pageantry and prayer. A grand civic-military parade highlights the festivities, complemented by cultural shows, sports competitions, and of course, lots of religious activities.

FEAST OF IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
December 8 | Puerto Princesa City
A grand celebration of the city’s patroness highlighted by a fluvial parade or Caracola long Puerto Princesa Bay

KALIPAY SA PASKO
December 9 | Entertainment Plaza, SM City, Cebu
Province of Cebu''s program showcasing parol and daygon competition.

REHIYON-REHIYON 2006
December 9 | Marikina Sports Park
A festival that showcases the various ethnic groups that make up the population of Marikina. It serves as a tribute to the active men & women of the community who came from other regions of the country and chose to settle in Marikina. It only proves that unity can be achieved despite diverse backgrounds and different dialects.

AGRO INDUSTRIAL AND CULTURAL SHOWCASE
December 10- December 16 | Hinigaran, Negros Occidental
An annual showcase of agricultural products, locally made pasalubong, handicraft, native booths competition and many more highlight the four-cock derby

PINASKUHAN SAYAWIT
December 10 16 | Dumaguete City, Oriental Negros
Also dubbed as the Negros Oriental Christmas Festival.

LANOT FESTIVAL
December 10- December 16 | Janiuay, Iloilo
Janiuay reinforces its reputation as the premier abaca-producing municipality in Iloilo with an exhibition of beautifully-handcrafted, export-quality product lines like bags, hats,

PASCOCOWAYAN
December 10 | Isabela City
Christmas carol contest, Christmas light competitions and trade fairs are among the activities.

BONGGAHAN SA VALENCIA
December 10 31 | Valencia City, Bukidnon
A Christmas lights and booths competition, participated by various barangays and private sectors in the city.

CHRISTMAS FOOD STREET FESTIVAL
December 10 16 | Cebu City
Spearheaded by the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu (HRRAC). For this year, the event features the Food Stalls, Midnight Market, Big Screen Movies, Christmas Carols/Concerts and Lantern Competition. Likewise, food and handicraft demonstration by certain personalities will be showcased for the public.

PAMPANGA DAY
December 11 | San Fernando, Pampanga
The people of the Province of Pampanga celebrate the official founding date of pampanga as the first province of Luzon on December 11, 1571

COFFEE FESTIVAL
December 11- December 16 | Lipa City, Batangas
The coffee festival was conceived to showcase the long reign of Lipa as the coffee granary of the Philippines

KASADYAAN FESTIVAL (MARDI GRAS)
December 12- December 14 | Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Initiated by Foundation University to add color to the local community''s Christmas season. The fifty year old tradition is the longest established festival in negros Oriental. The celebration of merriment includes filed presentation, beauty pagents and frolics and culminates in Kasadyaan mardi gras.

PASTORES BICOL
December 12 | Legazpi City
Caroling, Bicol-style. The Pastores is a musical re-enactment of the age-old nativity story. Colorful costumes are worn by singers, in honor of the biblical sheperds who sang the first Christmas carols. The performance is done with an entourage of traditional musikeros, lots of dancing, and a generous dose of Christmas cheer.

PARAYAN FESTIVAL
December 12 | Pototan, Iloilo
Agro-industrial fair

AGRO- INDUSTRIAL AND CULTURAL SHOWCASE
December 12- December 1 | Hinigaran
A showcase of products and culture of Hinigaran

LANTERN PARADE/WALKING CHRISTMAS DECOR
December 12 | Laoag City
Lantern parade and contest participated by different barangays and schools.

PASKUHAN AT KANTAHAN SA KAPITOLYO
December 15 23 | Provincial Capitol, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Reliving the Christmas spirit with activities like Carol Singing, Payanig sa Kapitolyo, Tunog Tao, and Parada ng Lechon to celebrate the holiday season.

SIMBANG GABI & HARANA PARA KAY MARIA
December 15 | Sta. Catalina de Alexandria Parish Grounds ,Bagac, Bataan
Simbang Gabi

LANTERN FESTIVAL
December 15- December 31 | Bacolod City
Annual Lantern Festival and participated in by 61 barangays in Bacolod City.

KASANAG FESTIVAL
December 15- January 6 | San Dionisio, Iloilo
A Christmas lights festival using indigenous materials, participated in by schools, private sector and LGUs.

PANTATAN FESTIVAL
December 15- December 19 | Zarraga, Iloilo
The main purpose of this festival is to promote the town of Zarraga as one of the major producers and trading center of “pantat” in Panay Island. Among the festival activities are the ff: Grand Parade & Street Dancing, Pantat Cooking Contest, Search for Lin-ay sang Zarraga and many more.

SHARIFF KABUNSUAN (ISLAM)
December 15 19 | Cotabato City / Maguindanao
The grandest festival commemorating the arrival of Shariff Kabunsuan, an Arab Malay missionary from Johore, Malay Peninsula to bring Islam in Mainland Mindanao.

PASKUHAN SA DUMAGUETE WITH KUMBIRA
December 16 31 | Rizal Blvd., Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
To enliven the holiday season, all sectors of the city are enjoined to light up their respective places or establishments and to use the sinamay either as the main material or accent in their Christmas decorations.

MISA DE GALLO
December 16- December 24 | Nationwide
Misa de Gallo is a Filipino yuletide tradition that starts on the 16th of December and culminates in a midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Roman Catholics attend the daily mass at three or four in the morning. Upon exiting the church, the hungry is enticed by the sight and smell of puto bumbong and bibingka (native delicacies made of sticky and glutinous rice sold nearby).

BOD-BOD FESTIVAL
December 16- December 17 | Tanjay City, Negros Oriental
The festival gives emphasis to this native delicacy made of glutinous rice, coconut milk, sugar and salt. It features the Biggest Bod-bod that would weigh as much as eighty kilos and requires ten persons to prepare the delicacy, and the Smallest Bod-bod that would come served inside a matchbox

PASKO SA DAPITAN
December 16- January 1 | Dapitan City
Exciting celebration of Christmas through spectacular & elaborate sights of Christmas symbols and sounds at the City Proper.

PASKO SA DIPOLOG/PASADI FESTIVAL
December 16- January 1 | Dipolog City
Nightly variety shows and display of Christmas decors and lights at the City Plaza.

PASCUA NA ZAMBOANGA
December 16- January 1 | Zamboanga City
Lighting of giant Christmas tree. Most lighted barangay, best belen and the best Christmas tree competition are among the different activities.

CLARK NIGHT MARKET/BAZAAR
December 16 | Bayanihan Park, Clark Special Economic Zone, Pampanga
The Night Market/Bazaar is a year-end activity that provides a venue for wholesaler and retailers of food, non-food and other novelty items to sell their goods at a lower price as compared to regular stores.

PASKUHAN
December 16- December 31 | Regionwide (all Region 11 provinces)
Christmas presentation/activities such as “Pag-ilaw sa Dabaw”, Lantern Contests, dance and choral competition.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTING
December 16 | Santa Barbara, Iloilo
Christmas for every Barbaranhon is a time for homecoming and family reunions. As a gesture of welcome, the Municipal Government launched a Christmas Lighting program

IWAG CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FESTIVAL
December 16 31 | Pototan, Iloilo
The municipal plaza of Pototan is transformed into a fairyland of lights to usher in Christmas

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS & MUSIC
December 16- December 24 | La Carlota City
Featured in this festival are lighted trees in the park and private and public buildings. This also showcases various churches and school choirs in the nightly “Christmas Extravaganza and Concert in the Park”.

PALUPOK BAYONG FESTIVAL
December 16 | Bgy. Cabugao Norte, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo
A revival of an old tradition in celebrating the New Year by making loud sounds through bamboo cannons (bayong).

PASKUHAN SA ESCALANTE
December 16- December 24 | Escalante City
As typical of a Filipino Christmas Celebration, Escalante celebrates a long Yuletide Season with the entire city dressed up for the occasion laying its centerpiece in a fully decked City Plaza and Business Center

CHRISTMAS CAROLS PRESENTATION
December 16- December 24 | Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental
The Christmas season becomes more meaningful with choir presentations staged at the city plaza starting December 16 up to December 2 at 6 p.m.

PASKUA SILAYNON
December 16- December 31 | Silay City
A 16-day celebration filled with thanksgiving and Christmas rituals

PAMASKUA SA CADIZNON
December 16- December 31 | Cadiz City, Negros Occidental
It is the City’s version of celebrating the yuletide season which starts on the 16th of December.

SANTA BARBARA CHRISTMAS LIGHTING
December 16 | Santa Barbara, Iloilo
Christmas for every Barbaranhon is a time for homecoming and family reunions. As a gesture of welcome, the Municipal Government launched a Christmas Lighting program to add life and color to the town’s celebration of the Christmas season.

PASKUHAN SA LUNGSOD NG TUGUEGARAO
December 16- December 25 | Sts. Peter and Paul Metropolitan Cathedral, Tuguegarao City
The event features a diana, daily dawn masses for 9 days, musical and cultural presentations, agro-industrial fairs, lantern contests and the cathedral patio.

CHRISTMAS AMONG THE TRIBES
December 16- December 25 | Cabarroguis, Quirino
It is the season when the different tribes of Quirino visit the lowlwnd. They go street dancing and house visitation for Christmas presents.

SIMBANG GABI/PASKO SA HERMOSA
December 16- December 25 | Various Barangays of Hermosa, Bataan
Lantern parade; Kick – off activity of Balik – Bataan in Hermosa; Food Kiosks serving bibingka, puto bumbong, canar, etc.

MISA DE GALLO SA AGOO
December 16- December 24 | Agoo, La Union
A tradition that is also observed by the townspeople of Agoo. Nine days of Aguinaldo (Misa de Gallo). Masses celebrated at the Agoo Basilica of Our Lady of Charity

PASKONG PAILAW
December 16 | Bilig City
A Christmas competition of the most beautifully lighted building among business establishments in the city.

HALAD SA PASKO
December 17- December 22 | Cagayan de Oro
A chorale and lantern festival participated by various barangays in the city/school and private sector.

BURUYLUGANAY FESTIVAL
December 17- December 23 | Sibalom, Antique
The celebration aims to promote traditional Filipino Culture “The Bayanihan”

PANTAT FESTIVAL
December 17- December 23 | Zarraga, Iloilo
Every year the municipality of Zarraga reinforces its reputation as the region’s premier producer of mudfish, locally known as pantat with its cultural festival and culinary presentations.

PAMASKONG HANDOG EXTRAVAGANZA
December 17 24 | Tagum City
9 nights Christmas presentation as tribute to the people of Tagum City featuring local talents and various chorale competitions.

PASKONG HIMIG SA LUNGSOD NG PASIG
December 17 23 | Pasig City
A yearly Song and Coral Competition featuring Christmas songs and carols.

SAN FERNANDO GIANT LANTERN FESTIVAL
December 17 23 | San Fernando, pampanga
Giant lanterns of participating barangays measuring from 14 feet to 18 feet in diameter in multi-colored designs and patterns thrill and delight the spectator with their kaleidoscopic patterns of light danced to the music of accompanying bands.

KANYONG KAWAYAN FESTIVAL
December 17 23 | Kidapawan City, North Cotabato
A unique activity to discourage the use of dangerous pyrotechnics during the yuletide season. A citywide contest features the firing of bamboo canons using empty milk cans as projectiles.

BALIK – BATAAN PROGRAM
December 18- December 22 | Bataan
A four – day Activity for all Bataenos not residing in Bataan.

PANAGYAMAN FESTIVAL
December 19 20 | Balaoan, La Union
Treasures of Balanoan on display. Glimmering artistry, creativity & ingenuity of Ilocanos displayed in products and crafts. Glittering colors of culture & life spelled out in traditional songs and street dancing. Glaring abundant crops savored in local cuisine & drinks at the trade fair.

HANDURAWAN
December 20 | Sipalay City, Negros Occidental
A commemorated fiesta before Sipalay became a city.

TAWO-TAWO FESTIVAL
December 22 | Bayawan City, Negros Oriental
Street dancing and showdown competitions the day before the fiesta. They celebrate the scarecrows (tawo-tawo) through paper mache higantes as guardians of the town’s crops.

PAMITINAN FESTIVAL
December 22 | Rodriguez (Montalban),Rizal
Pamitinan is a cave in Rodriguez (Montalban) where secret meeting of Andres Bonifacio and 8 other Katipuneros were held during the month of April 1895, it is also the cave where the legendary Bernardo Carpio was imprisoned by ‘engkantados’, the crystal water of Wawa River is also found inside the cave and lastly the cave serves as sanctuary to the late hero of the town Gen. Licerio Geronimo.

TAMBORA
December 23 | Currimao, Ilocos Norte
Features lantern parade, native delicacy tasting, karambola, feasting & entertainment.

SANDUROT FESTIVAL
December 23 24 | Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Is a joyful celebration of the people of Dumaguete, their innate hospitality, friendliness, and their propensity to live harmoniously with people of different race, religion, and cultural beliefs. Through the course of history and to the present time, the people of Dumaguete have always been known to welcome strangers from different shores and countries, and to live with them in complete peace and understanding.

MAYTINIS FESTIVAL (GRAND CELEBRATION)
December 24 | Kawit, Cavite
A well-loved Caviteno tradition, the Maytinis is a dramatic retelling of St. Joseph’s and Virrgin Mary’ search in Bethlehem for a place to stay. They found not a room, of course, but a stable where Christ was eventually born. Much rejoicing erupts as the play ends, culminating in a lively parade down the street of Kawit. It is a uniquely Filipino translation of this ancient biblical episode.

PASIDUNGOG KAY SEÑOR SAN MIGUEL FESTIVAL
December 24- December 31 | San Miguel, Iloilo
A week-long religious festival celebrated by the people of San Miguel, Pasidungog is a time for thanksgiving

KANYON-KANYON FESTIVAL (PATUNOG-TUNOG KANYON SA NEW YEAR)
December 25- December 31 | Bgy. Cabugao Norte, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo
A revival of an old tradition. This is the residents’ own way of celebrating the New Year by making loud sounds through bamboo “kanyons”.

STO. NIÑO FIESTA
December 25- January 1 | Basco, Batanes
Initiated province-wide by the Church and local officials, the image is brought to all Ivatan homes accompanied by the church choir & a band

PAWIL DAGUPAN
December 25- December 31 | Dagupan City
Part of City Fiesta celebration honoring Dagupeños living abroad to celebrate Christmas season with their relatives and friens thru colorful parade and dances.

PUTO FESTIVAL
December 26- December 28 | Calasiao, Pangasinan
Celebration of the town’s major produce, rice cake (puto).

DAMILI FESTIVAL
December 26 30 | San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte
This is celebrated during San Nicolas Festival that highlights as a street dance competition pantomiming the Damilian’s pottery making.

PAKANO FESTIVAL
December 27 | Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur
Subanen festival aimed at preserving the culture of the Subanens

KALIUGYON FESTIVAL
December 28- January 1 | Libacao, Aklan
Kaliugyon means, kali for kalye or streets and ugyon for unity or union in the streets. Libacaonons go out for a wild revelry of merrymaking to celebrate the coming of the New Year.

NIÑOS INOSENTES DAY OR YAWA-YAWA FESTIVAL
December 28 | Ibajay, Aklan
It is participated by 2-3 barangays wherein they dress in scary costumes and they go from house to house asking for Christmas gifts and goodies.

HORSE FESTIVAL
December 29- December 30 | Plaridel, Bulacan
A herd of horses with colorful tilburies parading in the streets of Plaridel in reverence to St. Apostle. It is held every 29th and 30th of December.

TULTUGAN FESTIVAL (DRUM & BAMBOO)
December 29 | Maasin, Iloilo
Tultugan is the Hiligaynon and Kiniray-a word for the indigenous bamboo drum. It is the emerging festival of the province and the region.

RIZAL’S DEATH ANNIVERSARY
December 30 | Dapitan City
Declared a national holiday, and Dapitan City which served as Dr. Jose Rizal’s home for 4 years in exile, highlights of this occasion with activities focusing on Rizal, including lectures on his life, works and ideas by known speakers.

RIZAL DAY COMMEMORATION
December 30 | Silay City Plaza
The day opens with a solemn holy sacrifice of the mass at San Diego Pro-Cathedral to remember the death of a martyr and hero.

PAKALOG SA PASIG
December 31 | Pasig City
People contribute and lay out a feast on the main street of the barangay and everybody partakes of it.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
December 2006- January 2007 | Town Plaza, Naga, Cebu
The festival of lights means the installation of miniature lights to trees, plants and structures in and around the municipal park to add more color and spirit of the Filipino traditional Christmas celebration.

PASKUHANG BAYAN
December 2006 | Samal, Bataan
Celebration of Christmas with a touch of Filipino culture and values.

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
December 2006 | Pilar Parish Ground, Pilar, Bataan
Trade Fair

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